Four World Premieres and Gorecki's Epic Symphony No. 3

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Saturday, September 7 at 7 pmQ2 Music at the Proms presents a smorgasbord of world premieres from the BBC Proms season, as well as a performance of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs."

This year, the BBC Proms featured a grand total of 18 world premieres, 14 of which were commissioned by the BBC. Among this season's premieres are Mark-Anthony Turange's Frieze, Param Vir's Cave of Luminous Mind, Edward Cowie's Earth Music 1: The Great Barrier Reef and Charlotte Seither's Language of Leaving.

The inspiration for each work is as diverse as the composers themselves: Turange was inspired by the finale of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; Cowie drew from 80 hours of diving in Australia's great barrier reef to compose a work highlighting and defending the area's natural beauty.

Soprano Ruby Hughes joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Osmo Vanska to close out the program with a performance of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs." Marking a turn toward a more minimalist style for the composer, the work manages to be both sweeping in its gestures and deeply personal in its use of Polish melodies and texts.


Mark-Anthony Turnage: Frieze
Param Vir: Cave of Luminous Mind
Edward Cowie: Earth Music 1 - The Great Barrier Reef
Charlotte Seither: Language of Leaving
Henryk Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs